Active in the mountains
East Tyrol is one of the last natural retreats and holiday areas of the Alps. The holiday region on the sunny side of the Alps has retained an originality that is unparalleled.
Between the highest mountains in Austria with the Grossglockner (3798 m) in the north and the Dolomites in the south, a wonderful natural paradise spreads out. More than half of the country belongs to the Hohe Tauern National Park, the largest national park in Central Europe.
Rugged mountain peaks, clear mountain lakes, glacial massifs, green alpine pastures and waterfalls offer unique natural spectacles and a wealth of mountain sports opportunities. Discover East Tyrol on countless hiking and cycling trails, breathe the fresh mountain air and enjoy the more than 2000 hours of sunshine per year.
Customs and festivals are of great interest in East Tyrol. People are deeply rooted in your tradition and know how to nurture it. Throughout the year there are traditional festivals and customs to marvel at and to enjoy regional delicacies such as brandy, bacon or cheese.
Things to do in East Tyrol
Motorized excursion destinations
– glide over fascinating Alpine passes
East Tyrol is unique as a starting point and holiday home for real pleasure drivers. Panoramic roads such as the Pustertaler Höhenstraße with numerous sights, mountain roads to the Glocknerdorf Kals or to the rear Virgental, the nearby Dolomite roads around Cortina and the well-known excursion roads such as the Grossglockner High Alpine Road or the Nockalm Road in neighbouring Carinthia are perfectly accessible from here. Nature experiences in the Hohe Tauern National Park, the hospitality of the inhabitants with their natural “you”, several excellent restaurants with local delicacies or the noticeable influences of the nearby Mediterranean cuisine make hearts beat faster.
Natural beauties and cultural institutions are reconciled here like nowhere else. Through the gateway to the south – the Felbertauern Tunnel – you reach East Tyrol. From Huben to the north we go to the mountaineering village of Kals am Großglockner. At the foot of Austria’s highest mountain you can really enjoy the unspoilt flora and fauna. A visit to the Glockner Museum is highly recommended. The Kalser Glocknerstraße takes you to the picturesque Ködnitz valley, which is one of the most beautiful mountain valleys in Tyrol. The view of the 3,798-metre-high Grossglockner will be remembered for a long time to come.
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